Elbit Systems awarded a $300M contract to supply Hermes 900 UAS to an Asian country

Elbit Systems announced on March 2 that it was awarded an approximately $300 million contract by a country in Asia to provide Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The contract will be performed over a period of five years.

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Elbit Systems awarded a 300M contract to supply Hermes 900 UA to an Asian country Hermes 900 showcased at Paris Air Show 2013 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Hermes 900 is an Israeli-made medium-size, multi-payload, medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed and manufactured by the company Elbit Systems. The Hermes 900 has an endurance of over 30 hours and can fly at a maximum altitude of 9,100 m, with a primary mission of reconnaissance, surveillance and communications relay. The Hermes 900 has a wingspan of 15 m and weighs 970 kg, with a payload of 300 kg. Payload options include electro-optical/infrared sensors, synthetic-aperture radar/ground-moving target indication, communications and electronic intelligence, electronic warfare, and hyperspectral sensors.

Under the contract, the Company will provide its Hermes 900 UAS and associated sub-systems, as well as maintenance and support services. The Hermes 900 UAS has been selected to date, by 12 countries, attesting to its competitive edge that combines technological sophistication, reliability, open architecture and a solid growth path.

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, Elbit Systems President & CEO, commented: “There is a continuous demand for integrating unmanned systems to cope with a growing variety of operational needs. Our operational portfolio of autonomous capabilities, in all domains of operation, positions us competitively to address these needs.”